NATO Blasts Report Warning of Risk of War With Russia

Wednesday, August 12, 2015
By Paul Martin

NATO responded to a report analyzing the impact of NATO and Russian military exercises in Europe by using the same logic as described in the report.

The publication of a report about the dangers of escalating military exercises from the European Leadership Institute think tank prompted an angry reaction at NATO, whose spokeswoman Carmen Romero blamed Russia for obstructing cooperation.

The report analyzes Russia’s March 2015 snap exercise and the NATO June 2015 “Allied Shield” exercise. According to the report, while both sides focus on their “most exposed areas” geographically the exercises nevertheless creates a risk of conflict. NATO blasted the report, saying that it “misleadingly puts NATO and Russian exercises on par,” which one of the authors of the reports denied.

“[W]hile one side may aim its actions at strengthening deterrence and preparing for defensive actions, the other side perceives the same exercises as provocative and deliberate aggravation of the crisis. In the current climate of mistrust, the exercises can feed uncertainty in an almost classic illustration of the ‘security dilemma’ written about by many scholars of international affairs,” the report said.

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